Journal article

Modelling the role of the basement membrane beneath a growing epithelial monolayer

Sara-Jane Dunn, Alexander G Fletcher, S Jonathan Chapman, David J Gavaghan, James M Osborne

Journal of Theoretical Biology | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2012


The role of the basement membrane is vital in maintaining the integrity and structure of an epithelial layer, acting as both a mechanical support and forming the physical interface between epithelial cells and the surrounding connective tissue. The function of this membrane is explored here in the context of a growing epithelial monolayer, defined such that the epithelial cells divide and migrate along a deformable substrate. A discrete, off-lattice cell-centre modelling approach is undertaken, which permits definition of a basement membrane component, separating the epithelial cells from the tissue stroma whilst responding to forces from both that arise due to cell division, migration and a..

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Awarded by Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre

Awarded by OCISB

Awarded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

S.J.D. is supported by an EPSRC-funded Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre studentship (Grant reference EP/E501605/1). A.G.F., D.J.G. and J.M.O. are funded through the OCISB project (BB/D020190/1).